Agenda-setting Dynamics in Canada
Why do public issues like the environment rise and fall in importance over time? To what extent can the trends in salience be explained by real-world factors? To what degree are they the product of interactions between media content, public opinion, and policymaking? This book surveys the development of eight issues in Canada over a decade -- AIDS, crime, the debt/deficit, the environment, inflation, national unity, taxes, and unemployment -- to explore how the salience of issues changes over time, and to examine why these changes are important to our understanding of everyday politics. Agenda-Setting Dynamics in Canada offers one of the first empirical analyses of the interaction of the media, the public, and policymakers in Canada and, more generally, makes an important contribution to the study of political communications and policymaking well beyond the Canadian context.
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Issues and Issue Types
The Media Agenda
The Public Agenda
The Policy Agenda
Expanding the Models
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agenda measure agenda-setting analysis agenda-setting dynamics agenda-setting effects agenda-setting framework agenda-setting models agenda-setting process agenda-setting research agenda-setting studies ARIMA ARIMA modelling autocorrelation bills Canada Canadian media Canadian newspapers CANSIM Chapter Charlottetown Accord coefficients coverage Cronbach's alpha debt/deficit Decima Direct Granger Directions of causality discussion environment equations estimations evidence Globe and Mail government spending governmental issue Granger causality Granger tests hypothesis impact impulse response functions included instance issue attributes issue dynamics issue salience issue types La Presse leading MacKuen and Coombs media agenda media and public media content media effects media influence Meech Lake Accord methods MIP question monthly national unity issues number of lags obtrusiveness policy agenda policy agenda-setting policymakers polling potential problem prominent issues provinces public agenda public agenda-setting public opinion Quebec Question Period content real-world indicators regional relationship role sensational issues significant Spearman's rho statistical suggests Table taxes Throne Speech tion trends unemployment unit root